5 Interesting Facts About Laughing Kookaburras

laughing kookaburra

This is a kookaburra looking for a snack to eat.

I want to write about laughing kookaburras today because I have seen them a few times in the wild and heard their laugh.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are the largest member of the kingfisher family in the world and their beaks grow to 10 cms long.
  2. They are found in open woodland areas throughout Australia and New Guinea.
  3. Despite being a member of the kingfisher family, they don’t eat fish. ¬†They use their large beaks to catch snakes, lizards, small birds, mice and insects.
  4. They don’t laugh because they see something funny, they laugh to mark their territory.
  5. They lay 1-5 eggs in a tree hollow and the chicks are born blind and featherless.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about laughing kookaburras?

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7 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Laughing Kookaburras

  1. Interesting facts, Hayden. Another one is that Kookaburra offspring help their parents look after their brothers and sisters for one or two years before they have young of their own. This helps them learn about how to successfully raise their young.

  2. We have been feeding 7 kookaburra at our back door it has delightful we know that Mum and Dad plus two younger ones with 3 babies which are quite large and every demanding. i think it was the young one from the last nest that come here first.begging at the back door first and let me feed it from my hand latter two can same size next Mum,Dad and 3 young ones . Only Dad and new babies will not yet eat out of our hands .We feed them on raw chicken and minced meat -hope we are doing the right thing for them -must admit I do love them and know they are wild birds and we are helping not doing harm

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